Making Noise, Making News: Suffrage Print Culture and U.S. Modernism

Making Noise, Making News: Suffrage Print Culture and U.S. Modernism by Mary Chapman

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For most people, the U.S. suffrage campaign is encapsulated by images of iconic nineteenth-century orators like the tightly coifed Susan B. Anthony or the wimpled Elizabeth Cady Stanton. However, as Mary Chapman shows, the campaign to secure the vote for U.S. women was also a modern and print-cultural phenomenon, waged with humor, creativity, and style. Making Noise, Making News also understands modern suffragist print culture as a demonstrable link between the Progressive Eras political campaign for a voice in the public sphere and Modernisms aesthetic efforts to re-imagine literary voice. Chapman charts a relationship between modern suffragist print cultural noise and what literary modernists understood by making it new, asserting that the experimental tactics of U.S. suffrage print culture contributed to, and even anticipated, the formal innovations of U.S. literary modernism. Drawing on little-known archives and featuring over twenty illustrations, Making Noise, Making News provides startling documentation of Marianne Moores closeted career as a suffrage propagandist, the persuasive effects of Alice Duer Millers popular poetry column, Asian-American author Sui Sin Fars challenge to the racism and classism of modern suffragism, and Gertrude Steins midcentury acknowledgement of intersections between suffrage discourse and literary modernism.
Publication Date:
20 / 03 / 2014

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